Albert Nobbs Reviews
The story is about a woman who struggles to find independence in 19th century Ireland and poses as a man so she can work as a butler at a top hotel. When she meets a painter it gives "Albert" the chance she needs to escape the lie she has been living.
Albert Nobbs has been described as an Oscar bait movie that's only purpose of existing is to win prizes, and while I do agree it is a bit Oscar bait and the movie itself is quite forgettable, but I'll be lying if I say there wasn't anything good in it. Compare this to other Oscar bait movies we've had in the past, this one isn't that bad or pretentious.
Glenn Close was unrecognizable in this movie. I really bought into her playing a man and it's not just by the make-up that sold the effect off, but the tone of her voice, the movement and the overall performance created the effect perfectly. I'm so shocked that Glenn Close has never won an Oscar yet, as she's been non-stop impressing me in every she's done (including this one). Glenn Close was absolutely outstanding in this movie.
The make-up, the costumes and the rest of the cast were all great. These's not a single bad performance in this movie. The staging and the scenery was spot on.
Sadly I wish the whole movie was great, but keep in mind that I don't think Albert Nobbs is a bad movie but the movie falls into the cliche gender or sexuality problems that every Oscar bait movie dose. Now I have seen many movies that dose focus on the gender and sexuality issues and the movies themselves were great, because those movies never tried the 'Give me awards' kind of movie, they were good movies and I could easily watch them again as a film, but movies like Albert Nobbs are the type of films that I'll only watch once and never again.
Overall Albert Nobbs has fantastic performances from everyone, great make-up and scenery. Unfortunately the film itself isn't what I call "great", just forgettable and it sucks saying that since I know a lot of effort went into this movie.
(2012) Albert Nobbs
Relatively common theme these days centering on social injustice on transgender people. Based on the novel ""The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs" by George Moore, starring Glenn Close as the title character "Albert Nobbs" who looked like a transvestite but is really a lady wearing a very tight girdle so that she can perform butler duties. Although the time period takes place sometime during 19th century Ireland, the situation is similar to what is happening as of right now where jobs are scarce, and that there's a great divide between the upper and lower class. Albert, like other butlers and maids rely on their tips and has apparently been saving up for something, as Albert hides her money from one of the floor boards. Nothing ground breaking as it has already been done before on such movies as "Shakespeare In Love" and "Victor Victoria". I also didn't care too much for the pessimistic conclusion.
2 out of 4 stars